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Why is my shutter button release delayed when I am on P mode for Powershot SX60 HS? How to fix it?

Hi, I am new to Powershot SX60 HS. When I try to shoot recently on P mode, the shutter release button is delayed before releasing and this cause my photos to be blurred. I had no such problem previously when I bought the camera a few months back. Can anyone suggest a fix to hasten the shutter release so it will be press and capture instead of press and delay and then capture. Thanks.  

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It it is really a pause before shooting, the pause is probably the camera having a hard time focusing.

This probably won't happen in broad daylight outside. It usually happens in dimmer light, which need not be all that dim. Just being inside is often dim enough.

It can also happen if you are shooting a blank featureless subject like a smooth wall or a cloudless sky or something.

I don't think it is a pause before shooting that is causing your main complaint, though. I think it is the camera making a slow shutter speed DURING a picture.

A pause before the shutter firing can't blur a photo, BUT it is possible your camera is giving you a long shutter opening exposure time. If you are handholding a shot with a slow shutter you will see camera shake blur. If you are shooting a moving subject, even just one that is sitting there alive and breathing, you can get subject motion blur if your shutter speed is not fast enough

I had a powershot super zoom years ago before I learned about exposure. It shot blurry shots indoors all the time. The problem was the camera picking too slow a shutter, because the lens on the camera is not able to achieve a very big opening (big aperture) to let light in, so the camera compensates with a too-slow shutter trying to get enough light into the camera for a proper exposure. It produces blurry shots though.

You can't trust auto modes. Put the camera in TV mode and then set a fast (short) enough shutter duration to deal with the scene you are shooting. You may need flash to increase the light, or you may just look for brighter places to shoot.

Google for free short tutorial videos on "the exposure triangle" and watch 2 or 3 of them and that will make all this clearer.

Good luck!
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Re: Why is my shutter button release delayed when I am on P mode for Powershot SX60 HS? How to fix i

Another cause may be that it's set to 2 second timer mode.

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Thank you, Scott. I will try your suggestion and thanks alot for the detailed clarification - it does help somewhat to better understand what is happening :-)
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Thank you, cicopo. I did set it to 2 sec timer prior but had turned that off and it still had the 'pause' .
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I appreciate your insight.  I am also new to canon and have had the same problem when taking photos inside.  The delay in the shutter release and the blurred subjects has been frustrating.  This seems to happen regardless of the mode so I am assuming this is something I must learn to live with.  Any suggestions on how to use this camera indoors or do I need to use my dslr if I want to get a quality picture during family gatherings? BTW I am still trying to transition from the Nikon terminology so not quite sure of all the canon powershot sx60hs settings or functions.  I have not found a book (aside from the manual) that provides any insight into the how, what and whys of the various functions available.

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Re: Why is my shutter button release delayed when I am on P mode for Powershot SX60 HS? How to fix i

Sybergoonies,

 

Press the shutter button down halfway until the subject is in focus and the box is green, then press it down the rest of the way to take the photo.  How's the delay then?

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I have had a frustrating time with this camera.  I push the shutter release button down half way as usual.  It is rather sensitive and I guess I push it too hard because there is a lengthy delay and than it takes the shot.  The subject is blurry and I am missing some great pictures.  Is there anything out there that provides suggestions on settings?  Most of my photos are taken outdoors in the early morning or early evening just before sunset.  I am not getting good photos in aperture, shot priority nor in auto.  Any help would be appreciated. 

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celticfiddle,

 

Set the camera to Playback and select an image you took that is blurry and had a delayed capture.  Then, press the DOWN button to cycle to the detailed shooting information display.

 

  1. What is shown for the shutter speed?
  2. What is shown for the drive mode?

 

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Re: Why is my shutter button release delayed when I am on P mode for Powershot SX60 HS? How to fix i

Hi Mike, Did that and the shutter still delay... I noticed if there is enough light the delay doesn't happen at whatever setting but whenever it is dark the delay kicks in at whatever setting.
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